Thursday, August 11, 2022

Sad News from Greenwood Gardens



Peter P. Blanchard III




A Dear Friend Passes Away

We are heartbroken to share the news that our beloved Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Peter P. Blanchard III passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, this past Sunday, August 7.  Peter was at home in Manhattan with his wife, Sofia, and their son, Theo. The cause was related to recent heart symptoms he had been experiencing and for which he was briefly hospitalized. He was 70 years of age.
Peter occupied an outsized role at Greenwood Gardens, having grown up here, and co-founding the organization with Sofia in 2003.  He was a naturalist and passionate advocate of land preservation and conservation, writing in his 2016 op-ed in the Star-Ledger entitled 5 Reasons Why My Family Donated 28 Acres to New Jersey, “We view Greenwood, the landscape where I grew up, as a place worthy of our investments in time and other resources.  We gain great fulfillment from protecting this place for ourselves and for others.”

Peter generously shared his love of nature and the arts with vast numbers of visitors to Greenwood, skillfully leading tours and workshops about our turkeys, and art and nature journaling.  He also took joy in interpreting the history of Greenwood itself.  You may have encountered him, along with his faithful Corgi, Ginnie, during open season weekends at the top of the staircase leading to the Reflecting Pool where he would welcome questions and provide answers with humor and friendliness toward anyone interested in learning more about the fabled estate. He dearly loved his role as a member of the Visitors Services team and cared deeply about the quality of the visitor experience.

Peter created a profound sense of purpose and family among the staff, Board of Trustees, Advisory Board, volunteers, members, and donors that will be sustained and carried on by us in preparation for the generations still to come.  We are privileged to have worked aside such a unique individual who cared so deeply about nature, the environment, and quality of life. Know that whenever you visit Greenwood, Peter’s spirit will be with you.

Please visit to learn more about Peter’s life and works.